& Answer Nails*
I am building a covered porch on my house. Since the house is in Florida
my architect recommended I use Hurriquake nails. I have never heard of
these nails and need some help finding where to buy them.
There are four main features to the hurriquake nail: the head, the shear
shank, the body, and the deep ring anchors. The head is 25% larger than
conventional nails and is marked for easy code inspection. The shear shank
has great sheer strength at a major stress point. The body is made of
"improved plastic collation" that allows for easier driving.
And the deep ring anchors have tremendous holding power. The net result
is a 2x resistance to high winds. It is rated up to 170 mph winds. But
this is the hurriquake nail. It is also built to withstand earthquakes
In fact, the nail can decrease structural failure in earthquakes by up
This is where the shear shank does a good job. The perpendicular forces
of an earthquake acting on the nail usually break it. The hurriquake nail
does a better job in that area. This is a smart project because it basically
covers the entire US in terms of practicality. You will probably be dealing
with high winds or earthquakes. Maybe not all the time, but the cost is
pretty minimal for better protection.
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